The power of Beauty
The home of pianist Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli dominates the valley. This musician-genius of Brescia was a very sensitive, retiring person, and he was so overcome by the beauty of the site that he chose it as his place of refuge.
In 1996, the virtuoso’s retreat found another illustrious resident, Paolo Radici. The Bergamo industrialist was looking for an out-of-the-way home, but one close to his civic work, and he was immediately fascinated with this residence. The hill was surrounded by an extensive vineyard, whose sight re-awakened his youthful dream of making wine for himself and his friends. In 1999, Radici began construction of the winemaking facility at the foot of the hill.
Today, his friends are an ever-increasing club of wine aficionados, the fruit of his untiring efforts in the vineyard and winecellar, and of the enthusiastic dedication of his wife, Lara Imberti Radici, who joined the project Ronco Calino in 2002 and immediately fell in love, becoming the first ambassador of the brand and the soul of the ideas that liven it up. In her day-to-day work, Lara enjoys the assistance of impressive figures: winemaker Leonardo Valenti and agronomist Pierluigi Donna. They work in close collaboration with the Ronco Calino team: Anna Zanardini, Silvia Ghilardi, Graziano Buffoli, Daniele Martinelli, and Paolo Serioli, a working group that, with an average age of under 30, embodies the spirit of today’s Franciacorta: lively, ambitious, passionately committed.